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Stories from Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Flag raising held (01/25/12)
Approved county budget is more than requested (01/25/12)
Commissioners able to restore funding for one deputy
Cassville Florist reports break-in (01/25/12)
On Tuesday morning, the Cassville Police Department responded to Carrie's Cassville Florist on Main Street after a report of a burglary. According to Lt. Danny Boyd, someone broke into the business and took purses, stuffed animals and costume jewelry...
Building project progressing quickly (01/25/12)
Chamber banquet is Saturday (01/25/12)
Event will feature Joplin superintendent
PHS alumna takes a leading role in hospital expansion (01/25/12)
Purdy High School graduate April Bennett, assistant director of comprehensive care at Freeman Hospital in Joplin, is taking a lead role in an expansion program that will add 58 new beds to the facility. "In response to the May 22, 2011, tornado, we have fast-tracked this project in order to better serve the needs of the community," Bennett said. "It's an exciting time at Freeman."...
Event celebrates hospital's new name (01/25/12)
On Tuesday, Jan. 31, St. John's Hospital-Cassville will host a One Mercy Celebration to mark the transition to its new name, Mercy Hospital Cassville. The event is scheduled to be held in conference room C beginning at noon. "We owe it to the three million patients we serve each year to know us by one name," said Lynn Britton, Mercy president and chief executive officer. "Adopting the Mercy name is not so much a change as a natural evolution...
Cassville's Got Talent (01/25/12)
EHS cheerleaders receive donation (01/25/12)
Suspected car thieves in custody (01/25/12)
Two men are now in custody in connection with a series of car thefts that have occurred over recent weeks in the Barry and Lawrence County areas. Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly said Kyle Filbeck, 19, of Galena, was captured on Wednesday as a result of a tip through the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers and was arrested by Stone County authorities at the home of his grandmother...
Reward offered for additional information (01/25/12)
Members of the Barry-Lawrence Chapter of Crime Stoppers are joining forces with ham radio operators in Barry and Lawrence counties to help keep an eye out for the thieves who have been stealing and burning vehicles from both counties. During their January meeting, Crime Stoppers board members approved offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible for the hundreds of thousands of dollars in property damage resulting from these recent crime sprees...
Cyber crimes task force helps bring down NM felon (01/25/12)
The reach of the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force widened with the arrest of a New Mexico man on federal child pornography charges. According to a press release issued by the U.S. Department of Justice, local cyber crimes investigators, which include members of the Barry County Sheriff's Department and Cassville Police Department, assisted in the investigation that led to the apprehension of Norman Allen, 49, of Dexter, N.M...
Show features talented students (01/25/12)
Cassville man injured in crash (01/25/12)
A southwest Missouri man was injured in a two-vehicle crash at 10:49 p.m. on Jan. 17 on Highway 76 about three miles east of Cassville. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol, the crash occurred when the driver of a 1993 Dodge pickup truck, James A. Lopez, 46, of Cassville, crossed the center line and struck a semi tractor- trailer driven by Daniel D. Ott, 47, of Aurora...
Chamber gears up for March 1 (01/25/12)
Opportunities to get involved in festivities
Few Exeter residents attend public hearing (01/25/12)
Only around six residents attended the Exeter City Council's public hearing on Jan. 19 to discuss a possible sewer rate increase. According to Myrna Eisenbraun, city clerk, a representative of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources attended the meeting to offer information on current wastewater treatment regulations...
CHS students take top prizes at talent show (01/25/12)
County Calendar (01/25/12)
SUPPORT GROUP: The Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) group of Cassville meets at 8 p.m. at 1308 Harold St. in Cassville. For more information, call 846-4044. SUPPORT GROUP: Anyone who is concerned about a friend's or loved one's drinking is invited to attend the Cassville Al-Anon Family Group, which meets at 8 p.m. at the United Methodist Church in Cassville...
Snowflake Tea to be held at Wheaton Depot (01/25/12)
Area community members are invited to view a collection of fancy vintage needlework pieces during the Wheaton Historical Society's Snowflake Tea on Saturday, Jan. 28. The event will be held at the Wheaton Depot Museum from 2 to 4 p.m. "We will have a very large collection of needlework items, mostly white fancy work," said event organizer Betty Lamberson. "The collection includes crochet, knitted, tacked and quilted pieces. There will also be some clothing items among the collection."...
Clerk's office to offer Saturday hours on Feb. 4 (01/25/12)
Area residents will have the opportunity to cast absentee ballots for the Feb. 7 presidential primary election at the Barry County Clerk's office from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 4. Absentee voting will continue through Monday, Feb. 6. Voting hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Individuals must present one form of identification, such as a driver's license or a voter registration card, in order to vote...
School board members recognized (01/25/12)
Local Share a Heart Campaign begins Friday (01/25/12)
Beginning Friday, Barry County residents will have the opportunity to help raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House of the Ozarks in Springfield, which provided 14 local families with 241 nights of lodging last year. McDonald's of Cassville will kick-off the Share a Heart Campaign locally on Jan. 27...
Flag pole installed at senior apartments (01/25/12)
Purdy homecoming queen crowned (01/25/12)
CHS girls finish fourth in tourney (01/25/12)
The Cassville Lady Wildcats went 1-2 at the Lady Comet Invitational at Marionville last week, ending with a loss to Pleasant Hope in the third place game on Saturday. "It was a tough tournament with some really good teams, and I thought our kids competed well," said Cassville's Chris Shore...
Wheaton teams pick up victories (01/25/12)
The Wheaton Bulldogs picked up a nice win to open play in the Crane invitational Tournament on Monday night, beating Pierce City 67-36 in a commanding performance. The Bulldogs led 14-10 after the first quarter and 34-22 at halftime. A huge third quarter gave Wheaton the lead for good as the Bulldogs outperformed Pierce City 21-5 to taken a 51-27 advantage into the fourth quarter...
Purdy secures wins over PC, Lady Eagles down Dadeville (01/25/12)
The Purdy Eagles pulled off a 66-56 victory over Pierce City in Friday night basketball action. "We were pretty rusty tonight," said Purdy coach Tommy Egan. "Pierce City did a good job of breaking us down off the dribble and finding an open shooter. I thought we finally settled down on defense in the fourth quarter and hit some tough shots to secure the win."...
Purdy JV captures tourney championship (01/25/12)
EDWIN "LEON" WILLIAMS (01/25/12)
Edwin "Leon" Williams, 74, of Washburn, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, in Ozark Community Hospital, Springfield. He was born Sept. 8, 1937, in Exeter, the son of Rolland Earl and Gladys (Gardner) Williams. On Dec. 26, 1958, in Cassville, he was united in marriage to Wanda D. "Dee" Pendergraft, who preceded him in death on April 4, 2008. Also preceding him in death were his father; one son, Edwin Leon Williams, Jr.; and two brothers, Johnny Williams and Bill Williams...
CHARITY ANN COSCIA (01/25/12)
Charity Ann Coscia, 28, of Seligman, died at her home on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012. She was born in Rogers, Ark., on March 12, 1983, the daughter of Peter and Deborah (Keith) Coscia, who survive. Additional survivors include: two brothers, Scott Coscia, of McDowell, and Eric Coscia, of Centerton, Ark.; and paternal grandmother, Ethel Coscia, of New York...
BARBARA JEAN RHOADES (01/25/12)
Barbara Jean Rhoades, 65, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012, in Red Rose Health and Rehabilitation Center, Cassville. She was born in Hobbs, N.M., on April 23, 1946, the daughter of Carl E. and Cecilie (Freeman) Richardson, who preceded her in death...
OLIVER Q. COUEY (01/25/12)
Oliver Quinton Couey, 70, of Fountain Hill, Ark., passed away on Jan. 18, 2012, at the Ashley County Medical Center in Crossett, Ark. He was born on May 1, 1941, in Fountain Hill. He graduated from Fountain Hill High School in 1959, and he received his bachelor's degree in business from the Monticello A&M College. ...
LAURIE MARIE PHILBIN (01/25/12)
Laurie Marie Philbin, 36, of Monett, passed away on Jan. 17, 2012, at Benchmark Healthcare following a 10-month battle with cancer. She had worked as a LPN at Benchmark Healthcare for over 16 years. Nursing was not just what she did, it was who she was...
LOREN HENRY (01/25/12)
Loren L. Henry, 77, of Fairview, passed away Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012, in Freeman Neosho Hospital, Neosho. He was born Aug. 12, 1934, in Washburn, the son of George E. and Freda (Morgan) Henry. On Jan. 14, 1961, he was united in marriage to Mary Garrison, who preceded him in death, and to this union three children were born. On March 27, 1995, he married Barbara (Taylor) Hill, who survives...
REV. G.A. BRANNAN (01/25/12)
Rev. Georgie Alvin "G.A." Brannan, 98, of Seligman, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Cox-Monett Hospital, Monett. He was born May 25, 1913, in Seligman, the son of George and Eliza (Oakley) Brannan. On July 11, 1936, in Oklahoma City, Okla., he was united in marriage to Mildred Gladys Johnson, who preceded him in death on Jan. 31, 2010. Also preceding him in death were his parents; four brothers; one sister; a son-in-law; two grandchildren; and one great-grandchild...
BETTY TUTTLE-TROBAUGH (01/25/12)
Betty Tuttle-Trobaugh, 96, of Kansas City, formerly of Eagle Rock, passed away Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at The Little Sisters of The Poor, Kansas City. She was born July 9, 1915, in Ford, Kan., the daughter of Steve and Mabel Burgess. She was united in marriage to Virgil Tuttle, who preceded her in death. ...
KATHERINE BERRY (01/25/12)
Katherine M. Berry, 77 of Exeter, passed away Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012. She was born in Indianapolis, Ind., on July 4, 1934, the daughter of Harry and Alma Montgomery. On March 13, 1972, in Colorado, she was united to Carl H. Berry, who survives. Additional survivors include: one daughter, Virginia L. Welch, of Cassville; one son, Forrest H. Palmatier and his wife, D'Etta, of Bethel Heights, Ark.; five grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two great great-grandchildren...
MILDRED "RACHEL" GRETCHEN MORRIS (01/25/12)
Mildred "Rachel" Gretchen Morris, 46, of Braymer, died at her home Friday, Jan. 20, 2012. She was born in Kansas City on Oct. 14, 1965, the daughter of Franklin D. and Mary Jo (East) Weston. She was united in marriage to Leonard Morris, who survives...
JOHN PAUL DUNCAN (01/25/12)
John Paul Duncan, 39, passed on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2012, at Cox Monett Hospital, Monett. He was born in Ankara, Turkey, on July 27, 1972, the son of Paul and Sharon (Spivey) Duncan. He was united in marriage on May 8, 2004, to Wendy Chappel Duncan. He was a musician and artist, and recently did body art. He was a member of the Community Faith Chapel, Cassville...
THELMA McFARLAND (01/25/12)
Thelma Lou McFar-land, 83, of Cassville, passed away Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012, in Cassville Health Care and Rehab. She was born Oct. 24, 1928, in Laverne, Okla., the daughter of Clarence Leroy and Leslie Fern (Wright) Jacobs. On Nov. 25, 1946, in Pineville, she was united in marriage to Orlette "Jack" Voile McFarland, who preceded her in death on Sept. ...
DORIS MOORE (01/25/12)
Doris Moore, 80, of Cassville, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield. She was born on Nov. 27, 1931, in West Frankfort, Ill., to Elijah and Eva (Gasty) Gifford. She graduated from West Frankfort Community High School, in Frankfort, Ill. ...
Thank you, anonymous donor (01/25/12)
Last Thursday, at the Barry County Commission's 2012 budget hearing, Sheriff Mick Epperly announced that an anonymous donor has committed to support the continuation of the county DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program through a $10,000 donation. DARE serves the Shell Knob, Exeter, Southwest, Wheaton and Purdy school districts. (Cassville maintains its own DARE program through the Cassville Police Department.)...
Letters (01/25/12)
Dear Editor: In the coming weeks, I hope that the voters of Barry County will consider the implications of voting "yes" on the 911 tax. A "yes" vote means that no effort will be made to address inadequacies in the mapping of emergency service areas throughout the county, which hinder our fire departments in the pursuance of their duties and render the county less safe. How can they, when the individuals responsible for the errors in the original mapping are now running the E-911 Center?...